Civil Rights & Social Justice

Kountze High Cheerleaders Win The Right To Pray Another Day

Today a Governor Perry appointed District Judge in Hardin County extended a temporary restraining order allowing Kountze cheerleaders to display religious banners in their official capacity during football games, at least until Oct. 14th.
The controversy started a few weeks ago after a complaint was filed with KISD officials about the signs. After consultation with the districts attorney, backed by Texas Association of School Boards, the district ban...
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CO Governor Hickenlooper Joined Planned Parenthood's 'Ask Mitt' Rally on Eve of Debate

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, never one to identify himself too closely with controversial or partisan causes, gave a short speech defending a woman's right to choose Tuesday afternoon at a rally organized by Planned Parenthood ahead of Wednesday night's first presidential debate here.
A late addition to the slate of speakers at the group's "Ask Mitt" rally on the Auraria Campus, Hickenlooper criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who stated earlier this year that he wanted to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood.
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Study in DOMA Constitutionality Defense Shown to be Influenced by Conservative Funders

When University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus released a study this summer portraying gay parents in a negative light, he insisted that the conservative funders who backed the research had no involvement in how it was designed, implemented, or interpreted.
But recently emerging evidence shows that a scholar affiliated at the time with the Witherspoon Institute — the socially conservative think tank that supplied the bulk of Regnerus’ funding — did indeed play a role carrying out and analyzing the study.
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California Bans 'Gay Cure' Therapy for Teens

California Bans 'Gay Cure' Therapy for Teens
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning "gay cure" therapy for teenagers...
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Intel's Donation Fund to Require Boy Scout Troops to Sign Nondiscrimination Pledge

Intel has revealed new details about its plan to exclude organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation from its corporate giving, a move that could cost some Boy Scout troops thousands of dollars in donations.
In September, a TAI report showed that the company had given $700,000 to various Boy Scout groups in 2010 through its “Intel Involved” volunteer matching grant program — despite the Scouts’ policy excluding gays and lesbians.
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Voter ID Laws Are Being Thwarted Nationwide

Republican efforts to suppress and restrict voting for Americans is not going particularly well. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott can't seem to find any non-citizen voters. A Pennsylvania judge put a hold to a key part of Republicans restriction efforts. And in Minnesota, yet another paper explained to its readers how expensive the vote restriction constitutional amendment will be.
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Minnesota Gender Wage Gap Persists

A study by the National Partnership for Women and Families finds that Minnesota women who work full time pull in a median salary of $40,416, compared to $50,580 for men. That $10,164 difference (or 80 cents for every dollar men make) is actually more equitable than the 77-cents-for-women-per-dollar-for-men national norm.
Minority women have it particularly bad, the study finds. Nationally, African American women make 64 cents and Latinas are paid just 55 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
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University President Ignores Calls to Oppose MN Marriage Amendment

Earlier this month, philosophy professor Stephen Kellert wrote a letter to Hanson asking that the school come out against the same sex-marriage ban. He cited the school's Discrimination Policy, which states that the school "does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities."
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FBI Raid Victims Keep Pushing Back Two Years Later

Two years after the FBI raided the homes of nine peace activists the targets continue to push back. All are still under possible indictment.
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NJ Married Couple's Pre-Wedding Photo Used To Blast Marriage Equality

Apparently the "conservative" bigots at the "nonprofit" group Public Advocate of the United States think that two men kissing is so icky that a photo of it mailed to Colorado voters will turn the tide against marriage equality supporting Republican State Senator Jean White.
One little, itsy bitsy problem here: that's an actual couple's photo that the idiots at public advocate had no rights to. And they're getting sued.
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